By Waweru Titus
Doctors finally ended their 100-day nationwide strike on Tuesday (14/03/17) after signing a return-to-work deal with the government.
The Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, Permanent Secretary Nicholas Maraguri, Council of Governors (CoG) chairman Peter Munya and the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Ouma Oluga signed the agreement.
“As the doctors union, we have concluded a return-to-work formula between the government and ourselves, bringing to an end the strike by doctors that has consumed the country for 100 days. It has been one of the most difficult industrial relations in the country.
“I want to announce here that the doctors union has finally put to an end the strike,” Mr Oluga declared.
Oluga announced the deal at a joint news conference with government officials and religious leaders who brokered the deal.
According to the signed return-to-work formula, the CoG and KMPDU are set to sign a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) within 60 days and file it at the Employment and Labour Relations Court.
The CoG Chairman Mr Munya welcomed the decision by the medics to resume duties noting it was a painful process that should have also taught the medics that health is a fully devolved function.
“What you have witnessed is an agreement between the County Governments and doctors union bringing to an end the strike that has lasted 100 days. We have just signed a return-to-work formula bringing to an end one of the most painful experiences for Kenyans,” stated Munya.
Health CS Mr Mailu congratulated the doctors but stressed that their actions should not be repeated.
“I am glad that the strike has ended but I must say that it was a regrettable situation that will go to the black books of history,”
The government had threatened to sack all those who failed to return to work by last week.